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Brain Injury Rehab Team (BIRT) at Holland Bloorview

About Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

The Brain Injury Rehab Team (BIRT) serves clients who require rehabilitation following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital.

The goal of the program is to enable children, youth and young adults with brain injuries to recover as fully as possible and return to their homes, schools and communities.

“Thank you for helping me succeed in reaching my goals.” - ABI survivor

“Talking to the Family Support Service team helped me understand my son’s brain injury more and learn new ways to deal with it.”

Our vision is to create a world of possibility for kids with disability. We pioneer treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life. Holland Bloorview serves about 7,000 children each year, with about 600 inpatient admissions and 58,000 outpatient visits. Holland Bloorview is a world-class teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. We train future healthcare specialists in the field of childhood disability. The Bloorview Research Institute is located onsite, allowing us to integrate cutting-edge research and teaching with frontline care to improve children’s quality of life.

- A mother of an ABI survivor

“The Family Support Service team helped me and my family get organized, problem solve and talk about my worries.” - ABI survivor

Contact Us Anyone can a make a referral, call 416 425-6220, ext. 6460 A staff member will discuss with you what services are available.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 Tel: 416-425-6220 Toll-Free: 800-363-2440 Fax: 416-425-6591 E-mail:


Family Support Service Brain Injury Rehab Team (BIRT) Providing support for youth and young adults (16-25 years old) living with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) and their families

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Family Support Service (FSS)

Acquired Brain Injury

Services for Community Agencies

The Family Support Service team can help individuals and their families dealing with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

When someone has an ABI, it affects everyone in their family. Everyone has to learn how to cope with the changes that may happen.

Consultation and education are available to professionals and organizations that work with clients with an Aquired Brain Injury.

Team members include a Psychologist, Family Therapist and Social Workers who can:

People with brain injuries may find that there are changes with friends, family or people at work and school, which may cause stress.

Professionals are encouraged to contact us for information. Tailored presentations can be prepared and delivered upon request.

The Family Support Service team can provide counselling and education in your home, community or at Holland Bloorview.

The Family Support Service team is dedicated to community development and education about ABI. We participate in community-based projects, such as workshops, groups and networks, in partnership with individuals and organizations.

• talk to you about your coping • address concerns related to you or your family member’s brain injury • help you and your family work together to learn new ways of living with the brain injury • help you find programs in your community The Family Support Service team will work with you and your family to develop a plan to address your unique needs.

We are here to help.

Who we serve We work with youth or young adults who:

Services for individuals and families include: • counselling and education (individual and/or family) to deal with the changes after the ABI • help in choosing community programs and services • support in dealing with personal issues, relationships and general life issues related to the brain injury • skill-building and support groups

• are 16 to 25 years old with a documented Acquired Brain Injury • live in the community in Toronto • would like to improve family, work, school or social relationships • want to be involved in community activities • want to set and achieve short-term goals with support from the Family Support Service team • are transitioning to adulthood

All services are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Services for professionals can include case-specific: • consultation and education about the needs of people with ABI and their families • family and individual counselling strategies for people with a brain injury • community resource consultation about community reintegration

Brain injury rehab team - Family support service